Mr. Magorium’s Wonder Emporium is a movie I’ve had mild interest in since it came out. While at my mother’s house, she wanted to watch it, and since I had never seen it before, I decided to give it a try now. I really had no idea if this one was a critical hit or not before we pressed play.
The movie is about the people that work at a toy store. But this is no ordinary toy store, it’s full of magic. Literal magic that makes all the toys there even so much more wonderful. The store manager Molly Mahoney acts like it’s no big deal when talking to outsiders.
The store’s owner Mr. Magorium is apparently so old that he was born in the 18th century. But it becomes clear to everyone who watches the movie that he is the source of all the magic in that store. But he has big plans for Molly Mahoney that she might not be ready for.
Things get pretty interesting when a regular accountant named Henry Weston shows up to help the store. While the staff will treat him definitely like a stranger who doesn’t understand, he will play a pivotal role in the events to come.
I will say that Mr. Magorium’s Wonder Emporium was pretty dumb. I knew from her haircut that this was after Natalie Portman was in V for Vendetta, and this was definitely a waste of time for her. It’s almost like they wanted to make a Willy Wonka movie but instead of a candy factory, they made it a toy store. It’s not horrible, but I don’t think any of the cast was probably proud of this one.